The Tank › Anyone used the Rheem/Ruud/Kenmore 40-gal electric tabletop ??
- August 9, 2014 at 10:42 am #21123
My daughter’s home has some unique plumbing challenges and requires two smaller electric water heaters.
I just discovered the “tabletop” units which are in a dryer-size rectangular enameled cabinet.
Is there any reason these wouldn’t be as efficient as a typical upright unit?
The Kenmore appears identical to the Ruud, but retail/online appears to cost less. Any idea why?
They cost more, as do most specialty units, but I’m seriously considering them for her.
jack vinesAugust 9, 2014 at 1:06 pm #21124Larry WeingartenParticipant
Hi: This type of heater once was used a lot more. It is particularly appropriate for use in the kitchen and provides added countertop space. That way it’s close to the kitchen tap, which is the most used tap in the house. A short tank does not stratify quite as well as a tall tank, so you’ll likely get a bit less hot water from it if you tend to use up all the hot water. Otherwise, it’s fine.
Tabletop heaters have anodes like all glass lined tanks and you need to be able to get to the anode for maintenance. I don’t know about pricing though. 😉
Yours, LarryAugust 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm #21125
Thanks for the reply. The costs run from $500 for the Kenmore (The Sears Hot Water Specialist gal claims made by A.O.Smith) and 1-week delivery, $700 for Ruud/Rheem/Reliance and $950 for the A.O.Smith. (Ferguson’s – our local supply house said special order and 4-week delivery.) Anyone else making a good one?
jack vinesAugust 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm #21126
Since the light went on with the tabletop units, the best answer might be using two 40-gal lowboy units and just cutting standard pre-formed countertop to fit the existing space.
This would have the advantage of making the countertop a continuous run to the left wall where the tabletop unit would leave a 2′ gap. Cletes on the walls, a front apron and it could be lifted off for service. If I wanted to get really trick, buy some take-out cabinets from Habitat and just open the door to replace the element.
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